Purple Moor Grass (Molina caerulea)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Purple Moor Grass
Molina caerulea

Purple Moor Grass <em>Molina caerulea</em>
Purple Moor Grass Molina caerulea

Upright arching light green foliage forming neat mounds. Flowers are yellow-purple combination appearing in June-July. In late fall flowers break off at the base. One of the few grasses that cleans itself of last season's foliage.

This is a clumping, warm season grass.

Prefers moist, fertile soil in a cool location. Sun to partial shade. Tolerates low fertility and will not grow in dry locations. 

'Variegata' 2-3' green and white striped leaves

'Skyracer' 6-8' tall, upright, blue-foliage

Mature Height
2-4 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

This grass is one of the slowest to establish. May take 3-4 years before it blooms.

Additional Notes

Moor grass is considered to be one of the better landscape grasses for American gardens.

Useful as an accent and planted in masses.


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